For adults with type 2 diabetes, in addition to diet and exercise
FARXIGA Patient Stories: Sharing Personal Challenges, Strategies, and Successes
For the longest time, my A1C levels wouldn’t budge. Finally, I felt like something clicked when I said goodbye to soda and hello to FARXIGA.
Retired Business Owner and Computer Hobbyist
If you’re like Jean and over the age of 65, taking FARXIGA may put you at a higher risk for dehydration (loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially upon standing up (orthostatic hypotension).
I’ve dealt with a lot of changes in my life. Not too long ago, I moved from my longtime home in one of the warmest states to a new home in one of the coldest to be closer to my aging mother-in-law. It wasn’t easy for me. Because of the weather, I stayed inside a lot, selling things on the Internet. But nothing prepared me for the changes ahead when I was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes.
In my 40s, my doctor told me that I was prediabetic. If I had known the long-term effects that type 2 diabetes could have on me, like the neuropathy I now have in my feet, I would have taken the warning more seriously and made some serious changes. Of course, the day came when my doctor said that my prediabetes had turned into full-blown type 2 diabetes and I started taking metformin.
I knew there were foods to avoid with type 2 diabetes, but I didn’t want to change.
Even though I was on metformin, my A1C levels kept going up, so I was prescribed more medicine, two different kinds. Still, my A1C continued to creep up. Part of the problem was my habits; I have a sweet tooth and I was really addicted to soda. My kids would get so mad at me when they saw me drinking it, and I’d just brush them off and say, “My numbers are fine,” even though it wasn’t true. My doctor felt that it was time to switch me onto two new pills, but even they didn’t make a difference. It seemed like nothing was working.
Taking the first step toward change wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.
It wasn’t until my doctor added FARXIGA that I finally felt like something just clicked. She warned me that I might experience yeast infections or other side effects, but I was more surprised when my A1C levels dropped.
I was so happy to see my numbers change that I got inspired. I knew pills wouldn’t be enough to get me where I needed to be. I needed to make the big change that I had been fighting all along. I gave up drinking regular soda and started saying “no” to sweets. I mean, nobody’s perfect, and my diet certainly isn’t, but I realized that the less sugar I ate, the less I craved it. I couldn’t believe the difference I was seeing. I resisted the diet changes for so long, but I really felt better and lost some weight after I cut out all that sugar.
Managing type 2 diabetes isn’t easy, but all the changes I made were worth it. Now, I see that I had been getting in my own way. I’m so glad that my doctor and I finally found something that worked for me.
FARXIGA is not indicated for weight loss.
These stories represent the personal experiences of actual FARXIGA patients. The opinions expressed are their own, based on their own experiences, and will not relate to everyone with type 2 diabetes. Please consult your doctor, as these testimonials are not substitutes for medical advice.
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are allergic to dapagliflozin or any of the ingredients in FARXIGA. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include skin rash, raised red patches on your skin (hives), swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking FARXIGA and contact your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
have severe kidney problems or are on dialysis. Your healthcare provider should do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working before and during your treatment with FARXIGA
What are the possible side effects of FARXIGA?
FARXIGA may cause serious side effects including:
Dehydration (the loss of body water and salt), which may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, lightheaded, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at a higher risk of dehydration if you have low blood pressure; take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including water pills (diuretics); are 65 years of age or older; are on a low salt diet, or have kidney problems
Ketoacidosis occurred in people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes during treatment with FARXIGA. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition which may require hospitalization and may lead to death. Symptoms may include nausea, tiredness, vomiting, trouble breathing, and abdominal pain. If you get any of these symptoms, stop taking FARXIGA and call your healthcare provider right away. If possible, check for ketones in your urine or blood, even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL
Kidney problems. Sudden kidney injury occurred in people taking FARXIGA. Call your healthcare provider right away if you reduce the amount you eat or drink, or if you lose liquids; for example, from vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive heat exposure
Serious urinary tract infections (UTI), some that lead to hospitalization, occurred in people taking FARXIGA. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any signs or symptoms of UTI including a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often, the need to urinate right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach (pelvis), or blood in the urine with or without fever, back pain, nausea, or vomiting
Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) can occur if you take FARXIGA with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as sulfonylureas or insulin. Symptoms of low blood sugar include shaking, sweating, fast heartbeat, dizziness, hunger, headache, and irritability. Follow your healthcare provider's instructions for treating low blood sugar
Bacterial infections under the skin of the genitals and areas around them. Rare but serious infections that cause severe tissue damage under the skin of the genitals and areas around them have happened with FARXIGA. This infection has happened in women and men and may lead to hospitalization, surgeries and death. Seek medical attention immediately if you have fever or you are feeling very weak, tired or uncomfortable and you also develop any pain or tenderness, swelling, or redness of the skin in the genitals and areas around them
Vaginal yeast infections in women who take FARXIGA. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching
Yeast infection of skin around the penis (balanitis) in men who take FARXIGA. Talk to your healthcare provider if you experience redness, itching, or swelling of the penis; rash of the penis; foul smelling discharge from the penis; or pain in the skin around penis. Certain uncircumcised men may have swelling of the penis that makes it difficult to pull back the skin around the tip of the penis
The most common side effects of FARXIGA include yeast infections of the vagina or penis, and changes in urination, including urgent need to urinate more often, in larger amounts, or at night.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking FARXIGA?
Before you take FARXIGA, tell your healthcare provider:
all of your medical conditions, including problems with your kidneys, liver, bladder, or pancreas
if you have had, or have risk factors for, ketoacidosis (including type 1 diabetes, are eating less due to illness, surgery, or a change in your diet, are going to have surgery, or binge drink)
if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. FARXIGA may harm your unborn baby
if you are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. It is unknown if FARXIGA passes into your breast milk
about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements
What is FARXIGA?
FARXIGA is a prescription medicine used to:
improve blood sugar control along with diet and exercise in adults with type 2 diabetes
reduce the risk of hospitalization for heart failure in adults with type 2 diabetes and known cardiovascular disease or multiple cardiovascular risk factors
FARXIGA should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine).